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  1. Recently purchased the XP ORX. A family member gave me a generous dollar amount Amazon gift card. I had nothing to spend it on since I'm not a Prime customer and I was sort of missing my former Deus. I had read a lot of speculative reviews (how can you write a review without having one in your hands to use) and some really negative ones too which had lots of seemingly inaccurate information. So I was eager to give the ORX a try once it became possible, money wise. I sold my Deus because of the lack of ID normalization for the HF coils which made coin and jewelry detecting no fun with them
    4 points
  2. I've now had quite a bit of time on my QED to feel comfortable enough to leave a review for it. The thing about QED reviews is they can become outdated, some of the early QED reviews floating around on Internet already are quite outdated; the QED is one of the few detectors that real updates can happen while under your ownership with improvements from the manufacturer. After having my QED for a few months an update was released that improved and made ground balancing more efficient, it also added support for DD and concentric coils. Although I didn't really need the update as I was hap
    3 points
  3. I honestly feel that this Is the most underrated machine in its class. It is hard to write about this machine with any brevity because there's so much that needs to be touched on. What were intended to be its strengths actually became its drawbacks in the mainstream of detecting. I believe the intent was to create a kind of ultimate do it all machine that would outclass anything on the market in terms of target information and user access to customizing operating parameters. To me, it accomplished that. But that is not your average metal detector consumer's preference or how the average joe is
    3 points
  4. I have been metal detecting for over 45 years now and have waited decades for a metal detector like the Equinox 800. Until now the so-called "do-it-all" multipurpose metal detectors have been very limited in one fashion or another. In particular, there has been a wide gap between metal detectors that can handle saltwater very well and those that are very good at gold nugget prospecting. Waterproof detectors have also tended to be feature limited in the past, heavy, and usually expensive. I primarily prospect for gold nuggets, and hunt for coins and jewelry both in parks and at the beach /
    3 points
  5. It was very tempting to give the Vanquish a 5 star rating, not because it's the best metal detector available, but it certainly seems the best available in it's price range. It's a powerful high performance detector in a price range you would not until recently expect such a good detector. It's very similar in performance to the much higher priced Equinox, it just lacks the advanced features of the Equinox such as adjustable iron bias, 50 tones, water proofing and so on. The 540 has Iron bias but it's only got two options which are low and high. For someone new to detecting it's the pe
    2 points
  6. I can only echo what Lunk and Aureous have said here. I really like this detector for gold prospecting. It has so many great and adjustable features that it makes nugget hunting even more fun than it already was. I especially like the XGB ground tracking, push of a button shift from VCO to two tone ferrous/non-ferrous pitched audio, silent search when I want it by adjusting the threshold tone, nice ergonomics and the super hot 6.5" coil. Awesome, fun, can't wait to use it gold prospecting, relic hunting and even coin and jewelry hunting detector.
    2 points
  7. Ive used every high frequency VLF gold prospecting detector from the original Whites Goldmasters, the Fisher Gold Bug 2, GMT, Kruzer and the GM1000. The 24K is superior in most areas but especially performance. For small gold in mild ground conditions, the 24K is hard to beat.
    2 points
  8. I used both the earlier CZ-20 and the CZ-21. I am a fan of the CZ series in general, and consider the CZ-21 to be one of the two VLF detectors I personally favor for serious water detecting, the other being the Minelab Excalibur. I am purposefully excluding detectors waterproof to 10 feet when I say this. The CZ-21 at 250 ft and Excalibur at 200 ft depth capability are far more robust detectors for those that truly intend on using a detector almost exclusively in the water. Detectors good to 10 feet are ok for mask and snorkel use but the CZ-21 is a true SCUBA capable detector. The downsi
    2 points
  9. I would like to begin this review with a bit of background. A couple of years ago I received a phone call from an old prospector that I had not seen since since the late 1980s when I was involved in testing a prototype pulse induction detector developed by Bruce Candy, one of the original Minelab team. I had tested one of Bruce's earlier VLF prototypes of the GT16000, in the process of which I turned up a 98 oz nugget in a patch of over 300 ozs. It was while I was in London that I picked up a newspaper and read of a new type of metal detector developed by Eric Foster of Pulse Induction Te
    2 points
  10. I recently bought a Teknetics Patriot. I have been interested in this detector since it was released and finally found a deal I could not refuse. I have owned another Teknetics 13kHz detector that had EMI issues in the urban areas I usually hunt in . I was afraid that the Patriot would exhibit some of the same behavior. Fortunately, even on the default settings in Program 1 (discrimination mode) the Patriot was very quiet and needed no adjusting except to turn up the sensitivity!!!! So far, I have really enjoyed detecting with the Patriot both for its detecting prowess and for its outst
    2 points
  11. The Vanquish 440 with the 10” coil is beautifully balanced and makes a great grab and go detector, a loaner or a wonderful beginner detector with all of the features needed to be successful at metal detecting. Just like the Vanquish 340, it will detect targets very accurately down to 10” even in mineralized soil, it works well on salt water beaches and it has three features that are not on the 340 which are an excellent pinpoint function, the ability to customize discrimination patterns, and the great iron identification tool, the horseshoe button. For a person on a tight budget that wants to
    1 point
  12. I resisted buying a Gold Bug 2 forever, I didn't want to buy a detector that was 25 years on the market and virtually unchanged, it just seemed wrong any electronic device of that age could possibly be competitive with a current product. Well, I eventually gave in and bought one which you can read about here. To say I was impressed was a bit of an understatement, I am in mild soils which gives detectors an unfair advantage but for me the Gold Bug 2 turned out to be quite the success, I really like it. It has loud audio like the Gold Bug Pro which is something I appreciate. The sec
    1 point
  13. May have To upgrade my order to have the New 8 inch coil as a back up option .... to get in closer to stumps and logs piers or rocks Add it into my bag of tricks...... Glad to see Fisher leading the industry love the picture and layout of controls.....looking Good... jimpugh
    1 point
  14. This is basically just a copy of the review I left for the Fisher F19. The Teknetics G2+ is exactly the same detector but with a different coil and rod setup as normally sold. Electronically and operationally it is the same detector as the F19 with identical performance. I actually kind of prefer the pistol grip design over the S rod on the F19 for comfort but both suit me very well and so frankly its a bit of a toss up for me between the two models. I am a Fisher Gold Bug Pro fan. The machine is lightweight, easy to use, and very effective for what it is designed for. However, the Gold B
    1 point
  15. This is a well made, well thought out and extremely deep, powerful detector. The switchable frequencies (5/ 14 & 20 kHz) and make it super versatile in any conditions. All programs and features are visible on screen--simple to customize for the novice but with the most advanced discriminate and tough ground features available. Unbelievable to have this kind of power and fidelity in a water machine! Also--the best audio of any machine I've used--great separation in iron and the new 10" coil is a great addition. Love this detector!! cjc
    1 point
  16. The DFX300 can be incredibly simple or incredibly complex depending on how you want to use it and how much time you have for tinkering. There are a lot of programs out there for this machine but many of them really don't do a great deal. Remember that many were designed by individuals for the ground they were working on. There really isn't a "one size fits all" program. Even though the DFX300 is getting on for 11-12 years old...or at least the newer version is which is the one I have, it can still easily match and in some cases surpass the high end detectors of today. Sure there have bee
    1 point
  17. Hi, I have never used an Omega 8500. I have read that it has improved EMI shielding. I have owned the earlier version, the Omega 8000. The O8 is an excellent detector. I owned a version 4 with the 1/8" and 1/4" headphone jacks. This detector had two modes: all metal and discrimination. It reminded me a lot of the F19/Teknetics G2+ but at a lower transmit frequency and better audio features. Its major drawback was it suffered heavily from EMI interference at least in my area. It was impossible to turn the gain up above 50 even with frequency shifts and using the all metal mode was not ple
    1 point
  18. I really love the Fisher F19 Teknetics G2+ form factor. I love it so much that I have bought 2 of them in the past 3 years. I used them for gold prospecting in all metal mode and for detecting in tougher ground balance areas and at beaches for coins and jewelry. I really like the look, operation and comfortable feel of these detectors. They are great for gold prospecting in the .5 gram and larger size range. The 10" X5" coil size both in the stock coil and in some of the aftermarket coils worked very well and provided good depth and stable operation. I did not like this detector as much with
    1 point
  19. I am a Fisher Gold Bug Pro fan. The machine is lightweight, easy to use, and very effective for what it is designed for. However, the Gold Bug Pro is somewhat feature limited and the F19 adds some extra capability that many people would welcome - things like a meter backlight or ferrous volume setting, for instance. The main thing however is that if you want the 10" x 5.5" elliptical coil for the Gold Bug Pro you have to get it as an accessory coil, or buy a two coil package. It is odd to this day that the Gold Bug Pro, a machine aimed at gold prospectors, is not available with the 10" ellipti
    1 point
  20. I have and use a MXT Pro, it still is pretty much on top of the vlf pile for coin/jewelry for me, I have tried some of the latest machines and gone back to the MXT Pro every time so far. Most my park finds are in the first 5" of soil, not worried about the latest and greatest, its very good on gold jewelry due to the khz freq, even with the 5.3 eclipse coil I can hit 10" on a coin if needed. The gold mode works well down to about 2 grain wt nugget, is limited in depth due to vlf but is a decent gold machine in some areas. Very wide range of coils makes the MXT very versitile.
    1 point
  21. I’m really liking the new Goldmaster 24k, a very versatile VLF gold machine with innovative ground balancing technology and adjustable feature set. It’s lightweight, well balanced, very stable at high sensitivity with minimal coil bump falsing, has a pleasant tone, and won’t easily tip over when sitting on the ground. And the machine's versatility is enhanced by its DD and concentric coil options.
    1 point
  22. Over a decade ago I would have given the White's MXT a five star rating, and am only giving it a four star rating because it is showing its age. The MXT was one of the first detectors to really leverage a microprocessor design in a metal detector by having a switch that made it like owning three detectors in one - Coins & Jewelry, Relics, and Gold Prospecting. Yet it stuck with an analog knob type control interface that is one of the best examples of simplicity and ease of learning I have seen in any detector. The controls are not only clearly marked with "cheater" settings but an abbrevia
    1 point
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